Friday, July 02, 2010

Three Two hats in one

Who in their right mind would knit a hat flat?  Only someone who is either in love with seaming or afraid to knit in the round.  So while this pattern called for flat, I knit round.  Consequently, I decreased the number of stitches for each sub-hat by two, to eliminate the seam allowance.  But when I was nearly done, I discovered that there was no way the two hats would nest together, as one was too much too big.  So the offending sub-hat was reknit from stitch one, with a decrease of 8 stitches, which just happened to be the correct number for the funky decreasery.

Pattern:  Reversible Hat by Debbie Bliss
Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, in 340041 and 340018 (lemon and sage - thanks, Yarndex!)
Needles:  US3 circs and DPNs
Modifications:  Knit in the round and not flat; decreased "inner/outer" hat by 2 stitches, decrease "outer/inner" hat by 8 stitches (eventually)

This was my first time with Debbie Bliss anything, and while I think the Baby Cashmerino is overpriced, considering the amount of microfiber in it, I found it attractive and easy to work with.


Wanderingcatstudio said...

For the longest time I refused to knit hats in the round - but then I started making socks, so after than hat dpns were easy! I don't think I'd ever knit a hat flat again!
Your's looks great. I love the colours

A. Warped, knitter said...

Very nice looking hat. Good for you for altering the pattern to fit your knitting strengths. I knit a double knit hat out of the DB Cashmerino and had the same problem. I thought at the time that the two dyes (one yarn was red, the other white) might have made the yarn knit up at different gauges but didn't take the time to knit up swatches to test that theory.

Pamela said...

I have used the debbie bliss cashmerino in a lot of projects, including a baby sweater, that has been in hard use for 5 years. Minimal pilling. It is expensive, but it looks good for a long time. I have knit that hat before, but I didn't think to do it in the round! Good for you :)